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Full text of "Gettysburg address : delivered at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19th, 1863 ; [and] Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, November 21, 1864"

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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS 

Delivered at the Dedication of the National Cemetery 
at Gettysburg, Novennber 19th, I863 

FOURSCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO, OUR FATHERS 
BROUGHT FORTH UPON THIS CONTINENT A NEW NATION, 
CONCEIVED IN LIBERTY, AND DEDICATED TO THE PROPOSITION 
THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. NOW WE ARE ENGAGED 
IN A GREAT CIVIL WAR, TESTING WHETHER THAT NATION, 
OR ANY OTHER NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED, 
CAN LONG ENDURE. WE ARE MET ON A GREAT BATTLE-FIELD 
OF THAT WAR. WE ARE MET TO DEDICATE A PORTION OF IT 
AS THE FINAL RESTING-PLACE OF THOSE WHO HERE GAVE 
THEIR LIVES THAT THAT NATION MIGHT LIVE. 

IT IS ALTOGETHER FITTING AND PROPER THAT WE 
SHOULD DO THIS, BUT IN A LARGE SENSE WE CANNOT 
DEDICATE— WE CANNOT CONSECRATE— WE CANNOT HALLOW 
THIS GROUND— THE BRAVE MEN, LIVING AND DEAD, WHO 
STRUGGLED HERE, HAVE CONSECRATED IT FAR BEYOND OUR 
POWER TO ADD OR DETRACT. THE WORLD WILL LITTLE NOTE, 
NOR LONG REMEMBER, WHAT WE SAY HERE, BUT IT CAN 
NEVER FOPvGET WHAT THEY DID HERE. IT IS FOR US. THE 
LIVING, RATHER TO BE DEDICATED HERE TO THE UNFINISHED 
WORK THAT THEY HAVE THUS FAR SO NOBLY CARRIED ON. 
IT IS RATHER FOR US TO BE HERE DEDICATED TO THE GREAT 
TASK REMAINING BEFORE US, THAT FROM THESE HONORED 
DEAD WE TAKE INCREASED DEVOTION TO THAT CAUSE FOR 
WHICH THEY HERE GAVE THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF 
DEVOTION; THAT WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE THAT THESE 
DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN ; THAT THIS NATION, 
UNDER GOD, SHALL HAVE A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM, AND 
THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AND 
FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH. 






COPYRIGHT, 1808 BY THE NEWTON CO., N.Y. 



In Commemoration 

of 

the Forty-Fifth Anniversary 

of 

Abraham Lincoln's 
Gettysburg Address 



with the Compliments of 

The Audit Company 

of New York 

43 Cedar Street 
November 19th, 1908 



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